By Braves Junior Reporter Mike Beelby - The comeback kids were back at it Sunday afternoon, trailing 3-2 after two to the winless Kerry Park Islanders, the Saanich Braves got to work, outshot the Kerry Park Islanders 21-3, scored three times and left the Kerry Park Rec Centre with a 5-3 victory.
The Braves were without Sam McMullen to start the game, then were without defencemen Garrett Kemmler and Liam Sproule the last two periods. Forward Shawn McBride came back to help the team playing "D" and was a standout looking like he wasn't out of his comfort zone one bit.
The Braves scored first, like they have the past 6 out of 7 games. Rookie Seamus Maguire scored his second in two games as he finessely took a Kevin Massy pass in front of the net and let a hard shot off and beat Kerry Park 'tendy Jackson Jane.
As the Braves were on a powerplay, a Saanich defenceman was stripped of the puck at the blueline and Islanders star Kyle Peterson dangled then tucked the puck five-hole on Tanner McGaw to tie it up at one a piece. Then once the Islanders were a man up, with nine seconds remaining in the first, Trevor Parkhouse took a shot that was tipped higher by Nolan Kinney that got by McGaw as the home team took the lead, and as it surely seemed as if the period was over and the Islanders would double up the Braves with a 2-1 score. Then, the red hot Josh McGladery took the puck off the draw skated between the Islander defencemen and stayed with the backhand and shelfed it past Jane, just four seconds after the draw for a wild finish, 2-2 after 20. Shots were 20-8 and the Braves dominated the first period.
The second was less hectic and there was only goal scored, it was 1:57 in as the Islanders were on a 5 on 3 powerplay as former Brave, Connor Krupa passed it over to Kyle Peterson who was in the high slot and he snapped it towards the net and scored past a screened McGaw, second assist to Brandon Story.
It was quite an uneventful second, and the Braves were down one and were frustrated, as they had troubles beating Jane as he made 29 saves through 40 minutes. The shots were 13-11 in the second, 31-21 Braves.
The third was all Braves, 4:21 the Braves had tons of pressure, then after a faceoff McGladery made a super pretty pass at the side of the net to an open Sam Johnston who scored his first of the year into an open net.
Then just a minute and five seconds later, on the play of the day, McBride who was playing defence for a hurt group went coast to coast from behind his own net and went all the way over to the other side behind the twine, and made a great pass to captain Ty Jones who let a seeing eye shot top corner right under the bar for a beautiful game winning goal
With seven minutes left, the chemistry between Jones and Josh Gray really showed on a tic-tac-toe play for the pair of stars, Gray finished off the play with an unexpected shot and let a missile rip the net to put the game away.
The Braves had numerous power plays but couldn't capitalize as Jane was solid between the pipes. It was a massive two points the Braves couldnt lose to keep pace with the first place Victoria Cougars who sit at 10-0-1 and the Braves are 8-1.
Next week the Braves play the Westshore Wolves at home on Friday night and play in Oceanside Saturday night. The week after that the Braves will duke out a game that should be a classic with high tempo and has all the meaning in the world as they face the Cougars at home.
The three stars were not announced, but for me they looked like :
1st Star - Shawn McBride (Game winning assist, played awesome game to jump back and play D)
2nd Star - Josh McGladery (1 goal, 1 assist)
3rd Star - Sam Johnston (1 goal)
Ty Jones had two points and the game winner, and Seamus Maguire played a really sharp game.